This is Zech's Health Certification using his parentage, and grandparents, as well as genetic testing of Zech himself. HD =Hip Dysplasia
A = Clear, Hip Evaluation
, Clear, OFA =Orthopedic Foundation of Animals
there motto is Health Tested Parents for Healthier Puppies.
When a Puppy is OFA CARDO or OFC PATELLA
( knee) OFC THYROID
they and their parents tests are Registered and you can look up here to verify:
Visit OFA- Orthopedic Foundation of Animals here- for more insight into what to look for.
DM- Degenerative Myelopathy (heart) and ARVC (heart) gene mutations can be found through genetic testing.
By not breeding those that carry the gene mutation- reputable breeders protect the health of the gene pool, help strengthen the longevity and health of the breed.
Now my Boxer Max carries 1 gene for ARVC, the breeder I adopted him from did not test the breeding dogs in his kennel.
I had Max tested, because a pup from another liier with Max's Sire and dam- had sudden Cardiac Failure from ARVC and Max's mom and father died suddenly in their sleep.
By using a simple genetic test I was able to confirm Max carried the gene .
What does this mean ?
Now my Vet and Myself can watch and take preventive action, like halter testing twice a year.
Max is Neutered- but had he nor been this test would have been enough to NOT breed MAX.
So you can see how these tests can help even your Adult Dog!
Here a few of the genetic testing centers we use . They help all Breeds and you can look up the test you need by, understanding your breeds susceptibility, by using the AKC breeder Testing Requirements by Breed :
North Carolina State Veterinary Hospital for Genetic Testing
Animal Genetic Testing
We like the Veterinary Hospital of NC because they compile the data from their testing to advance the studies of breed genetic health informations.
In Closing, whether you adopt, rescue or are purchasing a pedigree pup- we hope you will take the links and knowledge we have provided and use it in helping to advance the well being of your pup to be.
If you already have a Fur baby-- this info and the provided links can help you learn about the health of your pup! Armed with information- working with your vet- you can give him or her the best care based on their individual health needs.
Wags & Wiggles !